As Christian women, there is probably nothing more heartbreaking than seeing our children turn from God. We spend thousands of dollars, and sacrifice countless hours to VBS, Bible clubs, youth outings, church camp, and children's parties every year. We build elaborate stage sets, plan fantastic carnivals, and youth extravaganzas and bus in all the children and teens we can find in the hopes of leading them to Christ; and yet we are still losing them
We see the grown-up children, the grown-up fruits of our outreaches, living as practical atheists. They walk and talk and act like the world, even loving the world, and though they claim to be saved, evidence of life in Christ is conspicuously absent. Even our own children are abandoning the faith. They have asked Jesus into their hearts and yet we see them turn from God at staggering rates. Statistics show that no less than half have turned from God by high school age and closer to two thirds by the time they finish college. What we're doing is just not working!
In Why Are We Losing the Kids? you'll see where we have gone wrong and where to go from here.
We can turn the tide on our failing ministry efforts!
We can share the gospel without creating false converts or backsliders!
We can keep the kids if we'll follow God's plan!
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A strong theology for evangelizing children.
I loved the Biblical research and evidence that this book presents to the listeners. The message of this book is that children should not be evangelized by church programs and that parents are charged by God to disciple their children until an age when their children understand repentance. Simply put, salvation does not come with a sinner's prayer. There is no Biblical example of a sinner's prayer that brings about salvation. I did find this a refreshing challenge to our present church culture and the vast Biblical underpinning to her positions.
For me, the most memorable moment of the book was the author's proposed understanding of the doctrine of predestination. Her stated position is that predestination applies to "groups of people" not individuals. I found her case intriguing and needing further study on my part. Although her foundation for this opinion is based on personal revelation, her Bible application and testing of this position does hold water.
I would have enjoyed the listening experience more if the performer had more pace on her reading. For me, the text had a textbook format and at times I got bored. Persisting through these few moments paid off for me by hearing new and challenging knowledge.
This book is a process - the listener must hear it to the end. No moment moved me. My experience was that it was a construction project for the author's message. Point by point the message builds to a strong case based on Biblical evidence, church culture and reality.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.